Sneak Preview: MGM Grand at Foxwoods

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    Introducing... MGM Grand at Foxwoods

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    Come Along on a Hard Hat Tour of the New MGM Grand Casino/Hotel in Connecticut

    Update: The MGM Grand at Foxwoods is now the Fox Tower hotel. Foxwoods Resort Casino's partnership with MGM has ended.

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    When the MGM Grand at Foxwoods opens in Connecticut in May 2008, it will bring an upscale and exciting hospitality and entertainment experience to what is already North America's largest gaming destination. On January 25, 2008, About.com's Casino Gambling Guide Bill Burton and I donned hard hats for a tour of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods with Director of Hotel Operations Chris O'Connell and Public Relations Director Saverio Mancini.

    "We're really starting to feel it now," said O'Connell as he described the various components of the hotel/casino taking shape. The casino itself will be small. Taking its cue from Vegas, the property will focus on fine lodging and dining and a broad array of non-gaming experiences; it even has outdoor dining and function space and an outdoor pool. "One of the unique features of the MGM Grand is it's bringing the outdoors and the indoors together," O'Connell said.

    In these photos, I'll share more of what we learned and saw as we toured the construction site.

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    A Work in Progress

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino Hotel - A Work in Progress Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Connecting the Casinos

    People Mover Connects MGM Grand at Foxwoods with Foxwoods Proper - Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Pre-Function Space and Gelato

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Ballroom Entrance and Pre-Function Space
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    The Northeast's Largest Ballroom

    Photo of Ballroom at MGM Grand Casino Hotel at Foxwoods in Mashantucket Connecticut
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    A Wild and Colorful Ballroom Floor

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Ballroom Photo - Wild and Colorful Carpet
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Outer Space

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Photo - Pre-Function Space in Corridor Between the Ballroom and Casino
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    A Vegas-Style Casino

    Photo of Casino Floor at MGM Grand at Foxwoods - Sneak Preview Hard Hat Tour MGM Grand at Foxwoods
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Shrine: MGM Grand at Foxwoods' Asian-Themed Hot Spot

    Shrine an Asian-Themed Lounge Restaurant and Nightclub at MGM Grand at Foxwoods - Construction Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Paint it Gold

    Hard Hat Photo Tour of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino Hotel in Connecticut
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Model Hotel Room

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Model Hotel Room Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Many Amenities

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Hotel Amenities - Free WiFi Flat Screen TV Mini Bar
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Spacious Bathrooms

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Hotel Photo Tour - Spacious Bathrooms
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Chic Toiletries

    Pascal Morabito Toiletries at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Hotel - Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Outdoor Pool

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Outdoor Pool Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Suite Views

    Suites at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods - Photo Tour
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Suite Dreams

    Hotel Beds at MGM Grand at Foxwoods - Suite Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Soak It Up

    Photo of Soaking Tub in Hotel Suite at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino Hotel in Connecticut
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Performing Arts Theater

    Performing Arts Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods - Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Versatile Venue

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Performing Arts Theater is a Versatile Venue for Concerts Shows Comedy Sports
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Dramatic Entrance

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Lobby Entrance - Photo
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Controlled Chaos

    MGM Grand at Foxwoods Hotel Casino Readies for May 2008 Opening Date
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.

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    Opening in May 2008

    Picture of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino Hotel in Connecticut Opening May 2008
    © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    The MGM Grand at Foxwoods brings a new and exciting gaming and hospitality experience to Connecticut in May 2008. Enjoy a sneak preview on this hard hat tour.